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At this time, no one outside of China has any direct experience treating COVID-19 infection with herbs. To all appearances, and consistent with efforts in Wuhan, China, this infection may be treated with the same approach used for influenza and other respiratory infections. In addition, a substantial number of patients, about 20% according to the World Health Organization, will require hospital care, with potential severity in high risk individuals, those over 60 years old, or with preexisting heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, or lung disease. Young people may also progress to severe disease and die. If caring for yourself or others with herbs, you should be familiar with warning signs of severe disease, and seek life-supporting conventional care when called for.
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Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is medicine made exclusively from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures.... continues below
There are many different "types" of herbal medicine that spring from different cultures around the world. All these have the use of medicinal plants in common, but they vary in the plants they use, the way they prepare and use medicines from these plants, and the philosophy of their treatment approaches. Different cultures may also use the same plants but differ in how it is used, or the part they use.
In Australia the most commonly found cultural types of herbal medicine are Western, Aboriginal, Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian), although there are also many other cultures represented in Australia that utilise their own unique and traditional herbal treatments.
The National Herbalists Association of Australia represents the practice of Western herbal medicine, which is based on European herbal medicine traditions. These members work in their local communities and clinics using traditional Western herbal medicine.
Herbal medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific investigation which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant. Herbal medicines have about 800 times less adverse effects. Many modern pharmaceuticals (about 89%) have been modeled on, or derived from chemicals found in herbal plants. The most commonly recognized example is the heart medication digoxin derived from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).
Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects.